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2010 Fattoria dei Barbi "Vigna del Fiore" Brunello di Montalcino

SKU #1207702 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Barbi's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore emerges from a parcel in Castelnuovo dell'Abate near Mastrojanni. Dark, powerful and intense, the Vigna del Fiore blossoms in the glass with notable intensity and breadth. Dark cherry, plum, lavender, Mediterranean herbs and smoke flow through to the textured, broad finish. Stylistically, the Vigna del Fiore is a bit richer and sweet through the mid-palate and finish than the straight Brunello bottling.  (2/2015)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino Vigna del Fiore shows a saturated garnet hue and ruby highlights that are characteristic of Sangiovese. The bouquet is laced with dark spice, dried cranberry, rum cake, tar, licorice and anise seed. The overall aromatic embroidery is beautiful and long lasting. In the mouth, this Brunello shows a lot more grit and density than many of the other wines of the vintage that are more streamlined instead. Here, you get bold and plump layers of dark fruit flavors that make for a lasting impression. (ML)  (2/2015)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This leans toward the earthy, savory side, with loam, licorice, leather and underbrush flavors. The dense tannins lock up the long finish, driven by a glimmer of fruit and vivid acidity. Best from 2019 through 2036.  (6/2015)

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Staff Image By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/7/2015 | Send Email
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I really love the Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino you can read my review, it’s tremendous even more so because they produced 16,666 cases. Their top of the line Fattoria dei Barbi Brunello di Montalcino “Vigna del Fiore” only produced 333 cases. While the Annata (means vintage and is used instead of normale or regulare, which no one believes their wines are) version is more open now the Vigna del Fiore is brooding, its powerful structure seems to be holding back some of the flavors one sees in the Annata. My experience with this particular vineyard designate and the winery’s traditional style means long aging will be needed to have this wine show its potential. However there is tremendous potential in this wine, its long, coiled nature have so much to release, you’re just going to have to wait a bit for this wine to blossom the “Fiore”!
Drink from 2020 to 2030

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- The most widely planted grape in Italy is Sangiovese, a high-acid grape with moderate to high tannins, apparent earthiness and subtle fruit. It is thought to have originated in Tuscany and its name, which translates to "blood of Jove," leads historians to believe it may date all the way back to the Etruscan period, though historical mentions only go as far back as the early 1700s. Though planted all over modern Italy, the most significant wines made from Sangiovese still come from Tuscany: Chianti and Brunello di Montalcino. Sangiovese must make up 75% of a blend from the Chianti DOCG t be labeled as such, traditionally allowing for Canaiolo, Trebbiano and Malvasia for the remainder, though more recently small proportions of Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot have been allowed. In Brunello di Montalcino the wine must be made entirely of Sangiovese. Prugnolo is Montepulciano's name for Sangiovese, and it is used there for the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano wines. In the DOC of Carmignano Sangiovese can be blended with 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. There are also Super Tuscans, IGT wines that blend Sangiovese with large proportions of Cabernet or Merlot. Elsewhere in Italy it is a workhorse grape, though it does find some success (though not the longevity) in the Montefalco and Torgiano wines of Umbria as well as the foundation of Rosso Piceno and a significant element of Rosso Conero from the Marches. Like Nebbiolo, Sangiovese has struggled to find footing outside of Italy, though in recent years California wineries have been having better fortune with grape plantings in the Sierra Foothills/El Dorado County, as well as Sonoma County and the Central Coast.


- Once named Enotria for its abundant vineyards, Italy (thanks to the ancient Greeks and Romans) has had an enormous impact on the wine world. From the shores of Italy, the Romans brought grapes and their winemaking techniques to North Africa, Spain and Portugal, Germany, France, the Danube Valley, the Middle East and even England. Modern Italy, which didn't actually exist as a country until the 1870s, once produced mainly simple, everyday wine. It wasn't until the 1970s that Italy began the change toward quality. The 1980s showed incredible efforts and a lot of experimentation. The 1990s marked the real jump in consistent quality, including excellence in many Region that had been indistinct for ages. The entire Italian peninsula is seeing a winemaking revolution and is now one of the most exciting wine Region in the world.


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Brunello di Montalcino

- Made from 100% Sangiovese grapes from a specific clone called "Brunello" in the town of Montalcino. Situated in the southwestern part of Tuscany the town of Montalcino sits on a ridge about 400 feet above the Eastern plain. This ridge divides the region into three diverse growing areas. The northeastern part produces wines with brighter fruit, more cherry and high tone notes and somewhat leaner body. The southeastern portion often referred to, as the "Golden Triangle" is the home of Biondi Santi, the family who invented Brunello and championed its production for half a century before anyone else. This region produces wines with rich body, deep ripe cherry to plum fruit with lots of earth and spice. The third portion is the southwesterly facing slope which is the warmest (hence the ripest grapes), consistently producing wines with more breadth and richness. At the turn of this century, there were more than 150 growers who produce the 233,000 cases annually from the 2863 acres inscribed to Brunello.